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Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Position Number: 4775479
  • Location: Worcester, MA
  • Position Type: Health - Public and Environmental Health

Assistant Professor


Mathematical Science Department

Worcester Polytechnic Institute - WPI

The Department of Mathematical Sciences at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) seeks applicants for a tenure-track faculty position, at the Assistant Professor level, in the general areas of Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Statistics. The successful applicant is expected to develop a robust, externally funded research program where impactful research directly applicable in the fields of epidemiology, global health, and public policy will be given preference. Responsibilities for this position include participation in a new Global Health initiative at WPI while contributing to the educational and research mission of the Department of Mathematical Sciences (home department where tenure will be evaluated).

WPI is a diverse campus of learners passionate about creating an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity. We are looking for candidates who can support our commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.


The Department of Mathematical Sciences has over 40 faculty and postdocs. Our undergraduate programs in Mathematical Sciences and Actuarial Mathematics have over 200 students and our graduate programs have approximately 100 students. At the graduate level, we have several master's programs (Applied Statistics, Applied Mathematics, and Industrial Mathematics) and we offer PhDs in Mathematical Sciences and in Statistics. The department has a strong reputation for its cutting-edge interdisciplinary research and for its successful programs addressing mathematical and statistical problems in industry, with a Center for Industrial Mathematics and Statistics (CIMS). Building on the success of faculty in Mathematical Sciences participating in interdisciplinary programs such as Data Science and Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, the successful candidate for this position is expected to engage with the new Global Health initiatives on campus. In particular, the Global Health MS program has a concentration in Analytics and Modeling in Global Health and is a collaborative, project-based program taught by interdisciplinary faculty representing social science, global studies, computer science, and data science.

The successful candidate is expected to develop an externally funded research program leading to national and international recognition, teach courses in Mathematical Sciences at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, teach a course in Epidemiology, participate in the Global Health MS program, participate in WPI's signature project-based curriculum, and contribute to the operation and promotion of the department, college, university, and the profession. Candidates must hold an earned Ph.D. in Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Statistics, Mathematics, or a related field prior to appointment at WPI. Preference will be given to candidates with a strong background in one or more of the areas of biostatistics, epidemiological modeling, and/or global health.

WPI's reputation as a rigorous and innovative university rests on the shoulders of its faculty. A highly selective, private technological university and one of the nation's first, WPI believes that when great minds work together, great advances follow. At WPI the boundaries to multidisciplinary collaboration are low. Faculty members, students, and other partners work together on real-world projects and research that are hallmarks of the WPI experience. WPI is consistently ranked among the top 70 research institutions by US News & World Report. One hour west of Boston, the university's campus is in Worcester, Massachusetts, a thriving 21st century college city recognized as a growing hub of scientific and technological innovation. The UMass Chan Medical School is also near WPI.

Qualified applicants should submit (1) a curriculum vitae, (2) a statement of research interests, (3) a statement of teaching interests, (4) a statement of how the candidate will advance WPI's commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, (5) a cover letter, and (6) at least four references, at least one of which addresses teaching. Review of applications will begin on 11/30 and all applications received before 1/5/24 will be given full consideration.

United States of America (Exempt)

WPI is an Equal Opportunity Employer that actively seeks to increase the diversity of its workplace. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or disability. It seeks individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences who will contribute to a culture of creativity, collaboration, inclusion, problem solving, innovation, high performance, and change making. It is committed to maintaining a campus environment free of harassment and discrimination.

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About WPI
WPI is a vibrant, active, and diverse community of extraordinary students, world-renowned faculty, and state of the art research facilities. At WPI, we have competitive and comprehensive benefits, including health insurance, long-term care, retirement, tuition assistance, flexible spending accounts, work-life balance and much more.

Diversity & Inclusion at WPI
WPI is committed to creating an inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued and respected; a place where every student, faculty and staff member can be themselves, so that they can study, live, and work comfortably, to reach their full potential, and make meaningful contributions in order to meet departmental and institutional goals. WPI thrives on innovative practice and welcomes diverse perspectives, insight, and people from diverse lived experiences, to enhance the community environment and propel the institution to the next level in a competitive, global marketplace.

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